A week after NYPD officers choked Eric Garner until he lost consciousness and eventually died in Staten Island, footage of police choking another man in Harlem has emerged. For the record, chokeholds were outlawed by the police department over two decades ago.
The video, recorded by Jemel E. Carter and shared by Reverend Kelmy Rodriguez, was filmed on Jul. 14, just three days before Garner's death. It shows two officers handcuffing a man at Harlem's 125th & Lexington subway stop, and, according to Gawker, the conflict escalated because the man resisted arrest:
The cops instruct the man to put his hands behind his back and submit to being arrested, but as he refuses, one officer punches him squarely in the face multiple times while engaging him in a textbook chokehold. Drops of blood can clearly be seen on the tiled floor as several bystanders record the incident on their phones and chastise police.
Though the NYPD has declined to release the names of the arresting officers or the victim, a spokesperson said internal affairs is reviewing the incident. Meanwhile, an investigation into Garner's death and police procedure continues.
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